Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July Birchbox


I think the box this month is really cool looking!


This is what the card says. "Summer is not the time to hold back. It's the season of wearing brights on brights on brights, driving with the windows down, and eating popsicles for breakfast. Accordingly, what better time to dial up your beauty routine a notch (or three)? Don't worry, we'll be bringing you inspiration all month long."


1. clariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant: "Made with sea salt scorched bamboo, this all-natural scrub battles blackheads and oil. Tip! Mix a dollop of scrub with water in your palm. Gently massage onto face, then rinse." I am interested to try this. I do have blackheads. I hope it isn't too harsh for the face.


2. Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique: "Bonus! We've added in this leave-in treatment from Kerastase to repair and protect hair." On the back it says, "Heat-activated reconstructing milk for damaged, brittle hair - for use with styling irons or hairdryers. Do not rinse." I don't know if I really need this, but I might try it.


3. MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme SPF 50: "This hydroallergenic formula fights signs of agin, blocks UVA and UVB rays, and has a silky finish." I like that this has SPF 50!


4. Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35: "Next-generation SPF 35 CC cream that triple protects against UVA, UVB, and infrared-A rays." I've never tried CC cream. I'm curious to try it. It is light/medium. It might be a little too dark for my skin.


5. Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume: "This allergen-free, minimalist scent has a single note: elegant, spicy Cetalox." I like the way this smells!



6. stila look at me liquid lipstick trio in the color venizia: "This creamy formula glides on like a gloss yet lasts (and lasts and lasts) like a stain. Tip! Learn all about how to use your stay all day liquid lipstick at Birchbox.com/stila." This reminds me of my NYX liquid lipsticks. It looks like a lip gloss, but it is thicker and more opaque. It is a bright red.

I thought this box was better than the IPSY July Bag. My favorite thing was the Stila Liquid Lipstick.

Monday, July 13, 2015

July IPSY Bag


Something leaked in this month's bag so everything was soaking wet. I don't mean to be negative this month, but to be honest I am not excited about what I got this month. Maybe I am too spoiled with everything I have, but nothing wows me.  I think the bag is ugly.


1. Octavio La Playa (Sea Salt Spray infused with Algae Extract): I think this is what leaked. I don't really need a sea salt spray. I already have one. I wish my hair looked better when I used one. I think for some people sea salt sprays make their hair look pretty, but on my hair it just gets tangled.


2. Eau Thermal Avene Cleanance Gel: It says for oily, blemished prone skin. I honestly have no idea what this is. Maybe it is a face wash? Everything on it is in another language. IPSY really should come with a card explaining what is in the bag. I'm going to google it. It is a soap-free cleanser. I am happy with the face cleanser I always use which is Clean & Clear's Benzoyl Peroxide Wash, recommended by my dermatologist.



3. City Color HD Powder: This is a loose powder. Nothing exciting. I guess you can always use a powder.



4. Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner and Shadow: This looks like a brown shadow stick. I already have brown eye liners and brown eyeshadow sticks, so again something I don't really care about. 



5. Bella Pierre Cosmetics P.I.N.K. Lipstick: This is nothing exciting. It looks like a plain pink lipstick to me.

I'm sorry I'm not that enthusiastic this month. 

June Favorites

Favorite TV Show


This last month and this month I've been addicted to Golden Girls. My parents used to watch this when I was little, and I think I watched it with them. It makes me feel that nostalgia feeling when I watch it. It is so funny!

Favorite Beauty Product



Elf Blush in Gotta Glow: This is my only beauty product for June. I didn't wear makeup a lot. This is a pretty natural looking highlight. Elf isn't that expensive, and I think it is a dupe for a lot of popular highlighters. 

Favorite Songs

Worth It (feat. Kid Ink) by Fifth Harmony
Hey Mama (feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack) by David Guetta


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer Makeup Looks!


These are Summertime makeup looks I have found and tried out. To me summer looks are bright on the lips and maybe a pop of color on the eyes. The cheeks can be bronzy or on the coral side. Some looks are more natural when you don't want to look like you are wearing a lot of makeup. I hope you like these looks as much as I did!

I tried to not leave out my notes about what color, consistency, whether shimmery or matte, undertones, etc of the makeup that I used to help me figure out if I had a similar product in my own makeup. That way you can find your own dupes even if you don't have the same as me.

1. Copper + Coral Summer Makeup Tutorial by SMLx0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InsFOdYa1FA
a. Sigma Warm Neutrals Palette, Cinnamon, crease: Wet 'n Wild Vanity, 2nd color
b. Same Palette, Russet, outer v, crease: The Balm Rockstar Palette in Alice Copper
c. Bare Minerals The Color Compatibles Palette in Empress, under brow: Wet 'n Wild Brûlée
d. Blend it out.
e. Same Palette, Bragging Rights, lid: L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Amber Rush
f. Same Palette, Hoopla, inner tearduct: The Balm Voyage Palette in D1
g. Cinnamon, lower lash line
h. Russet, outer lower lash line
i. Brown Eye Liner, waterline
j. Black Liquid Liner, upper lash line
k. False Lashes
l. Mascara
m. MAC Sunbasque: Hard Candy Blush Crush in Bombshell
n. The Balm Betty Lou Manizer, cheeks and nose: Hard Candy Blush Crush in Bombshell
o. LA Girls Natural Lip Liner: Milani Lip Liner in Nude
p. Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweet Talker Liquid Lipstick: Maybelline Vivid in Shocking Coral
q. Gerard Cosmetics Candy Kiss Lip Gloss: Benefit Lip Gloss in Coralista
My Thoughts: All the colors go really well together. I never thought to pair the copper color with the burgundy or the copper with the bright coral. I just put the Bombshell blush on all the high points of my face, my cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin.

2. Summer Bronze Drugstore Makeup Tutorial | #DrugstoreBeautyWeek by Allison Anderson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGAsRAenTiE
a. L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1, 3rd color, crease
b. L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Amber Rush, outer and inner lid, lower lash line
c. L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Iced Latte, center of lid, inner corner
d. 7th color, outer v
e. Blend out edges
f. 1st color, under brow
g. Black Eye Liner, upper lash line
h. Mascara
i. Peach Blush: The Balm Frat Boy
j. NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel

3. Easy Summer Makeup Tutorial by Demi Rawling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X261D0ZmpUc
a. Tarte Blush in True Love: NYX Peach Blush
b. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, top of cheekbones, cupid's bow
c. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, crease, lower lash line
d. Stila the Eyes are the Windows to the Soul in Being, crease: The Balm Balmsai Palette in Woodie
e. Stila Kitten, lid, finger
f. Blend out lid color.
g. Black Eye Liner, waterline
h. Mascara
i. Sugar Baby Pout Liner, nude lip liner
j. MAC Cremesheen Peach Blossom, soft rose pink: Revlon Colorburst in Soft Rose
k. Nude Lipstick
l. Setting Spray

4. Glowing Summer Makeup Tutorial | My Go To Look by Amanda Ensing

a. MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot: Jordana Continuous Almond
b. Kat Von D Contour Kit, lighter bronzer shade, crease: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
c. Becca Opal, lid: Too Faced Snow Bunny
d. Anastasia Fawn, crease, matte slightly warm toned mink brown
e. Anastasia Peach Sorbet, lid, rose champagne metallic: Lorac Pro Palette in Champagne
f. Mascara
g. Nude Eye Liner, waterline
h. Fawn, lower lash line: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil 
i. Opal, top of cheekbones, nose
j. MAC Nylon, inner corner: Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar in Butter Pecan
k. Setting Spray
l. MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil: Wet 'n Wild Lip Liner in 666 Brandywine
m. MAC Cherish Lipstick, creamy beige nude: Wet 'n Wild Bare It All
n. Anastasia Lip Gloss in Undressed: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Natural
My Thoughts: For blush I wore Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso because I felt like I needed color on my cheeks. I don't remember if she had blush on, but she didn't talk about it in the tutorial.

5. Kim Kardashian Met Gala 2015 Makeup Tutorial - Golden Eyes & Glowing Skin by Amelia Liana
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsApd7_JAG8
a. MAC Cork, crease: brown shade in Wet 'n Wild Walking on Eggshells
b. MAC Wedge, above Cork blend it in: The Balm Voyage Palette in C3
c. MAC Texture, outside corner of eye and into the inner corner: Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette in Cocoa Chili
d. Blend it out.
e. Terry Ombre Blackstar in 11 Beyond Gold, golden shade, lid, blend it out with finger: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold
f. L'Oreal Colour Riche L'Ombre Pure Eyeshadow in 205 Sable Lame, finger: Elf Prism Eyeshadow Palette in Sunset, 4th color
g. Blend out the lid shade.
h. Inner Corner of Eye, 500 Gold Mania: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
i. Black Liquid Liner, upper lash line, wing
j. Gold Waterline: Elf Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in Little Miss Thing
k. Texture, lower lash line
l. Mascara
m. Tarte Blush in Captivating: Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Sunset
n. Giella Eye M Glam: The Balm Mary Lou Manizer
o. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk: Nude Lip liner
p. MAC Shy Girl: Rimmel Nude Delight
q. L'Oreal Colour Riche Gloss in 601 Nude Ballet

6. Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette Makeup Tutorial Summer 2015 by Laura Lee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sgonKGGiHk
a. Rock Candy, lashes to brow, very pale sparkly vanilla/gold: Too Faced Semi Sweet Palette in Coconut Creme
b. Blackberry, outer corner of eye, deep purple/brown matte: Lorac Pro Palette in Mauve
c. Blend it out
d. Rock Candy, inner corner of eye
e. Black Gel Liner, upper lash line, wing
f. Rock Candy, under brow
g. Blue Raspberry, lower lash line, light teal blue metallic shimmer: The Balm Balmsai Palette in Big Kahuna
h. Black Gel Liner, waterline
i. Mascara
j. Urban Decay Indecent Blush: NYX Cream Blush in Orange
k. Too Faced Candlelight Highlight, top of cheekbones, nose, cupid's bow: Elf Blush in Gotta Glow
l. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lips in Jeffree: Maybelline Color Vivid in Shockingly Coral
m. Anastasia Liquid Lips Pure Hollywood in the center: Wet 'n Wild Mega Matte Lipstick in Just Peachy with NYX Lip Butter in Apple Strudel

7. Perfect Summer Makeup Tutorial by pixiwoo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d8IAqhnyUI
a. Tom Ford Naked Bronze, lid, lower lash line, medium-dark copper bronze with warm, red undertones and a pearly sheen: Maybelline Color Tattoo Bad to the Bronze
b. MAC Hot Paprika, lid, lower lash line, bunt orange with pinky-red shimmer: Wet 'n Wild Fergie Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette in Desert Festival, upper right color
c. Fashion Fair Ginger Snap Eye Shadow, middle of eye, coppery bronze with a metallic finish: Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box in Shag
d. Blend it out.
e Black Eye Liner, tight line, upper lash line, Real Techniques Accent Brush to blend out the liner
f. Mascara
g. Tom Ford Cream Cheek Pink Sand: Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink
h. MAC Hush, top of cheekbones, under brow, nose, cupid's bow: Bare Minerals Clear Radiance
i. Tom Ford Lipstick in First Time, light-medium pinky-peach satin: Wet 'n Wild Mega Shield Lip Color SPF 15 Within These Adobe Walls
j. MAC Wildly Lush Plush Glass: Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Midnight Cowboy

8. Summer Makeup Teal the Sun Rises (talk through) by xteeener
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OifDQsOFhn8
a. Urban Decay Vice Palette in Strike, inner half of lid: Wet 'n Wild Vanity, 5th color
b. Rewind, crease: L'Oreal Cupa Joe, 3rd color
c. Madness, outer 1/3, leave outer corner untouched, medium blue with cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish: Wet 'n Wild I'm Feeling Retro, crease color
d. Prank, outer corner of lid: Wet 'n Wild I Don't Do Camouflage, crease color
e. Habit, soften edges: Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette in White Chocolate
f. Dope, under brow: Too Faced Everything Nice Palette in Paper Roses
g. Black Gel Liner, upper lash line, wing
h. Black Eye Liner, waterline, outer half of lower lash line, smudge it out
i. Prank, outer half of lower lash line
j. Rewind, smoke it out
k. Mascara
l. Dope, inner lower lash line
m. NYX Bourgeois Pig: Covergirl Pretty Peach Blush
n. NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Tres Leches, nude: NYX Butter Lip Gloss in Creme Brûlée

9. Summer Bronze Glow Tutorial Drugstore Edition by Samantha Schuerman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gli2jI8hqc
Daytime
a. BB Cream
b. Concealer
c. Powder
d. Bronzer, under cheekbones, temples, hairline, under lip, sides of nose
e. Bronzer with gold shimmers, cheeks, temples: Elf Beach Beauty Palette
f. NYX Blush in Terra Cotta: Elf Blush in Peachy Keen
g. Physicians Formula Translucent Pearl, cupid's bow, nose
h. Eye Primer
i. NYX Slide on Liner in Bronze, lid, blend out with finger: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio in Warm Nude Eyes, Bronze
j. Bronzer with gold shimmer, crease
k. L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1, 4th from the end, crease
l. NYX Oro, crease, khaki: Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Khaki
m. Maybelline Pigment in Improper Copper, outer 1/3 of lid, outer crease
n. Blend it out.
o. Pixil Baked Eyeshadow in Gleaming, lid, with finger: Stila In the Light Palette in Sunset
p. Essence in Party All Night, lid, with finger
q. NYX Girl Talk, inner corner, champagne pink: Stila Kitten
r. L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1, 1st color, under brow
s. Improper Copper, lower lash line
t. Oro, lower lash line
u. Party All Night, inner half of lower lash line
v. Mascara
w. NYX Peakaboo Neutral Lip Liner: Milani Lip Liner in Nude
x. Kardashian Khroma Beauty In the Nude Lip Gloss: Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Midnight Cowboy
y. Rimmel Vinyl Gloss Voluptuous Shiny Gloss in Paparazzi: I skipped.
z. Maybelline Color Tattoo Pigment in Barely Brazen, top of cheekbones: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette in Marzipan
a. Maybelline Color Tattoo Pigment in Buff and Tuff, cheeks: I skipped
My Thoughts: This is my favorite Summer look I have done so far! Very pretty for the summertime.

10. My Go-To Summer Makeup Look by Bailey B.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KQKbRRimUI
a. Kat Von D Shade and Contour Palette in Lazarus, crease: The Balm Bon Voyage Palette in B3
b. Same Palette in Samael, outer corner, crease: The Balm Rockstar Palette in Allegro
c. Blend two together.
d. Color Pop in Tea Party, lid, orange sparkle: Kat Von D Monarch Palette in Killing Jar
e. Mascara
f. Hourglass Ambient Light in Radiant Light, cheeks, temples, top of forehead, under jaw: Wet 'n Wild Bronzer in Bikini Contest
g. Tarte Cheek Stain in Natural Beauty: The Balm Stainiac in Beauty Queen
h. Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Stick in Sparkling Sands, top of cheekbones, nose, cupid's bow: Benefit Watt's Up
i. Colorpop Lippie Stix in Frida, plummy mauve, MAC Twig: Rimmel Lasting Finish in 104

Saturday, June 13, 2015

June IPSY Bag


I really like what is in this month's bag! I was surprised. Compared to the June Birchbox, I say IPSY has won this month.




1. IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil in Universal Taupe: I am really glad to get this! I think this will work really well on my color eyebrows. I don't have anything like this. I think the brand is really good. 


2. La Vanilla Laboratories Pure Vanilla The Healthy Body Butter: This smells really good, and it is a thick moisturizer. It feels really good on my hand. 


3. Smashbox Photofinish Primer: I have had a sample of this before. It is one of the best face primers I have ever used. I'm really happy to get this.


4. Formula X Nail Polish: I think this color is Power Source. This is one of my favorite colors for nail polish in the summer, and I have heard a lot of good things about this brand. It is supposed to be a good quality nail polish. I'm going to paint my nails with this color and see how well I like it.




5. Trestique Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold: This reminds me of the Maybelline Color Tattoos but it is easier to apply. It is a really pretty bronzy gold color with sparkle. This looks like it will be long lasting. It also reminds me of the Terry Ombre Blackstar Pencils I see people on Youtube using, but this is probably the cheaper alternative. 


Friday, June 12, 2015

Sunkissed Summer Tag

I saw this tag on Elle Fowler's channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP3Qk0FYyEY. It looked like something fun to do, so I decided to do it too.

1. What is your go-to product for a sunkissed summer glow?



Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzing Powder Matte in Light: This was limited edition several summers ago. It had a shimmery one and a matte one depending on your skin type, so I got the lightest one and matte.

2. What book would you recommend for a summer read?


This would be a good summer read because it isn't very complicated. It's exciting, and a sweet love story.

3. What's your signature summer scent this year?


Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture: I love this scent of floral and sweetness.

4. The sun is shining and it's time to get outside! What's your favorite thing to do? 


I love to go to the beach.

5. You're on the boardwalk and starving! What's your go-to summer beach food?


6. What's your dream summery date? Walking along the beach and having a good conversation.

7. After a day in the summer heat, what do you do to cool off?


I like to make a fruit smoothie. I have a recipe for the Jamba Juice Pink Star that tastes so good! I got it from this Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k3hiV8iG-k.

8. How do you wear your hair in the summer? In a bun or ponytail

9. What's your must-have nail polish for summer 2015?


China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

10. What shows do you recommend for summer? Anything on Bravo and Golden Girls

11. Do you wear liquid foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer in the summer?


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup, which is a liquid foundation

12. Sunglasses or Hats? sunglasses

13. What is your summer jam this year? Bright by Echosmith, Want to Want Me by Jason Derulo, and Worth It by Fifth Harmony

14. Do you have a summer bucket list? Go to the beach at least once.

15. Bikini, tankini, or one piece? Show us your fave bathing suit this year!


One piece from Forever 21

16. What's your favorite sweat proof product? Maybelline The Rocket Mascara

17. If you could create your own ice cream flavor, what would it be? My first thought was to create my favorite smoothie and turn it into an ice cream flavor, but then I realized I think it originally was an ice cream flavor and someone turned it into a smoothie so it would be healthier. It has banana, peanut butter, and chocolate.

June Birchbox


I love the color of the box! It reminds me of the beach.

The card inside says, "Adventure is a state of mind. It's about exploring the unknown, dreaming beyond the horizon, and letting go of the word "no." What's on your list? Scuba diving with sharks? Sleeping under the stays (hey, your backyard counts)? Here's to adventures big and small, near and far." There is a giveaway. They give you a code. I got a 10% off a $50 purchase at the Birchbox store.


1. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo: "Weightless spray that refreshes sans residue, in the brand's signature obliphica scent." I don't use a dry shampoo. I will have to try this out.


2. Coola SPF 50 Sport - Mango: "Sweat-proof, water-resistant sunscreen made with organic botanics (and a fun, fruity scent)." This does smell good! I will have to try this out. My skin is sensitive to sunscreen.


3. Emi Jay Hair Tie: "We've added in this chic hair tie from Emi Jay for all your summer 'dos." It is a golden hair tie with a little bow in the back. I'll have to try this out when I do my hair.


4. Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow: "This multitasked, rich in antioxidants and aloe, covers imperfections, evens tone, and calms skin." It looks a little darker than my skin. I'll have to try this out.


5. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask: "This foamy formula is packed with oxygen and antioxidants for brighter, younger-looking skin." I love getting these masks to try out.



6. Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner: "This blendable waterproof eyeliner goes on smoothly and stays put all day." This is in the color Blue Lagoon. I think it is pretty. It's nice to wear a natural eye with a pop of color on the lower lash line.